Dust Mask Ratings - Protective Masks Direct

Dust Mask Ratings

Our protective dust masks range from FFP1 upwards to FFP3 CE EN149:2001 standard for the UK and are the most recent efficient FFP3 respiratory masks available.

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Protective respiratory masks complying with EN149:2001 may be classified into one of three categories, depending on their filter efficiency under laboratory conditions:



FFP1 Total inward leakage 22% Filtering Efficiency 78%
FFP2 Total inward leakage 8% Filtering Efficiency 92%
FFP3 Total inward leakage 2% Filtering Efficiency 98%

This means that an FFP3 Respirator Mask would filter out at least 98% of the airborne respirable particles, whereas an FFP1 Respirator Mask would filter out at least 78% of the respirable particles. FFP3 Respirator Masks are therefore most efficient in filtering out fine particles including viruses, mould spores & asbestos.

Normal lower grade face masks / dust masks are rated below the level above offering very little protection for fine particles. 

See our Full Selection of Dust Masks , FFP1 Dust masks , FFP2 Dust Masks & the highest protective rating FFP3 Dust Masks 

All our FFP3 masks come individually wrapped & each FFP3 face mask also has an exhalation valve for comfort to reduce heat build-up or for prolonged periods.

FFP3 Masks: FFP3 Disposable particulate respirators are approved for use against solid and liquid aerosols according to EN149:2001. They are suitable for protection against high toxicity harmful materials in concentrations up to 50xOEL or 20xAPF.

FFP3 Mask Recommended applications: textile industry, craft work, iron and steel industry, mining, underground civil engineering, woodworking, welding work, cutting and casting of metals, hospital, laboratory and disease control, pharmaceutical industry, disposal of toxic waste, manufacture of batteries (Ni-Cad) …etc.

FFP3 respirators can provide protection against solid and liquid aerosols and smoke containing the following materials such as : Asbestos, calcium carbonate, china clay, cement, cellulose, sulfur, cotton, flour, carbon, ferrous metals, hardwood, silicon, plastic, vegetable oils and mineral oils, copper, aluminum, bacteria, fungi, mould spores and mycobacterium tuberculosis (T.B.), chromium, manganese, nickel, platinum, strychnine, metal dust and smoke, viruses and enzymes.


Protective Masks Direct Ltd Background Experience:

Protective Masks Direct Ltd has been providing respiratory protection (RPE) & Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) to businesses, healthcare & governmental institutions for over 18 years throughout the deadliest epidemics & pandemics of the 21st century including;

2002 SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) which first emerged in southern China,

2004 Avian influenza (H5N1) (Bird flu).

2009-2010, Influenza A (H1N1) virus (Swine Flu Pandemic) which caused between 100-400,00 deaths globally (WHO1).

2012 Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

2013 The world’s most widespread Ebola outbreak.

2020 Covid 19

Over this same period we have also ensured companies remain compliant with HSE (Health & Safety Executive) regulations providing a full UK wide “Face Fitting Service” to include the training of businesses themselves to allow the ongoing face fitting of employees.

This experience has allowed us to offer a range of PPE products with fully fully verified safety certification that we know fit well and protect to the highest certified levels.

1.WHO/Europe | Influenza - Past pandemics